Autumnal pursuits:

Christopher Pyett : ideas for paintings

Christopher Pyett : ideas for paintings

Autumn is a time for hunkering down. My daughter rang to say her gutters have been replaced and a dangerous chimney taken care of.
We’ve decided to remove two large palm trees that drop thousands of seeds and sprout everywhere. I love their height, but the other trees will soon fill the space left behind.

General garden maintenance is a fulfilling task. Removing spent tomato plants, culling the raspberries and tying the new canes makes the garden feel ready for winter. Pruning everything is something that needs to be rationed according to the recycling bins. We now have two brown bins, for garden waste that I don’t want to compost. Our six compost bins are fully utilized. So the garden is in need of constant attention, which fits in with writing.

I’d like to work half days at each, writing and gardening, so that I’m not sitting in front of the computer all day. This healthy option seldom works out, but I shall continue to aim for this ideal.

My computer is fine apart from the iphotos, which won’t allow me access. I shall really have to learn to use my new laptop, which is another thing I’ve been resisting. So for the moment, no photos of the garden.

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12 thoughts on “Autumnal pursuits:

  1. hilarycustancegreen

    It is a strange see-saw in this blogging word, we are now entering spring, I will be sowing the tomatoes tomorrow, the birds have started nesting and we are building new compost bins. We also have two big (in our case green) garden waste bins, but the local council have economised by only picking them up every six weeks over winter. We are back to fortnightly now, but I have an accumulation of winter pruning to get rid of… enjoy the autumn.

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      It’s lovely to hear about your world, Hilary. Very sensible picking less waste in winter, though we manage to fill ours fortnightly throughout the year. Enjoy your plantings and seeing things spring to life.

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  2. auntyuta

    For as long as I have the old laptop I do not want to change over to Windows 10 no matter how much I am being urged to change. Peter tells me, once I get a new laptop, there’s going to be Windows 10 on it. I hate all these changes!
    Your mentioning of your palm-trees, dear Barbara, reminds me of our huge palm-tree and the problems with it. You can have a look at it here:

    http://auntyuta.com/2016/03/18/wet-weather-problems/

    Belatedly my very best wishes on your turning 70! I am glad, you find the time to do a bit of blogging again. It sounds like your garden possibly takes up a lot of your time. Keep enjoying it for as long as you can. And I can understand that you have an interest in getting some of your short stories published. Good luck with it!

    Cheerio,
    yours, Uta from Wollongong, NSW

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      Uta, on both counts we’re in accord! I checked out your palm situation, shall perhaps write another about ours when they’re removed. Not easy to even get skips, or bins, to take them away either. Thank you for your good wishes! I hope your laptop lives a charmed life and you don’t have to change!

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  3. gerard oosterman

    We too are busy gardening, re-planting things. Some of the Hebes have outlived their life-span and died. As for computer problems, I have just ,after months of urgings from Micro-Soft, caved in, and changed to Windows 10. I don’t know why things have to be changed and ‘up-dated.’
    I am now urged to do a Windows 10 tuition course to try and come to grips with it all.
    It never stops really, does it?

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    1. bkpyett Post author

      I agree with you Gerard, the necessity to update constantly is really annoying. My computer is considered ‘old’ and works perfectly, apart from the photographic program, that has crashed.
      Shall have to bite the bullet and take it in, somewhere, far away….
      Good luck with Windows 10, I guess if you can attend the lessons, it will enable you to make full use of the program.

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      1. bkpyett Post author

        Judy, (your name escaped me this morning, but am glad that my brain isn’t totally useless).
        Thank you for your kind comments, shall pass them onto Chris. Shall do a post about the portrait he’s painting when i sort out the computer!! Lovely to hear from you. ❤

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